Episode 41 : Fear and Hope  - Ferrari thoughts, New Car figures, Suzuki Baleno, Tesla, Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, GM and Lyft, McLaren P1 Benchmarked, F1 helping hospitals, GT86 Shooting Brake

Ferrari revenue generation options

Alan and Andrew start this week with some follow up on Ferrari revenue generation that was slightly scoffed at during last week’s show. After giving it some considered thought Alan thinks Ferrari need to aim for more exclusivity with their merchandising. Therefore making the products more appealing to those with deeper wallets.

April's New Car Registration Figures

Moving onto the news Andrew opens up with the monthly new car registration figures, supplied by Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). April is described as a month of “steady increase”, rising by 2%. The big rise is in alternatively fuelled vehicles, rising by 26.8%. Andrew decides to take credit for this due to the Special Edition on Alternative Fuels Options, which you can go listen to here

Winners over the month were (in no particular order) FIAT, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Jeep, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Suzuki.  Some companies did struggle, (again in no particular order) Volkswagen, Vauxhall, Peugeot, Mazda, Ford, Citroën/DS and Dacia. 

Andrew was incorrect about the Kia Sportage being in the Top 10 cars sold for March, he was thinking (first mistake) about February’s figures. 

Is diesel doomed?

Alan found an interesting article about questioning if diesel sales are going to decline long term, following the constant anti diesel clamour since #Dieselgate first broke in the news. Check out the article here from Mark Tisshaw on Autocar.

Interesting monthly cost for new Suzuki Baleno

Alan also came across information about the Suzuki Baleno as it is being launched in Northern Ireland, as the show was recorded. Apparently it will retail for £199 per month with no deposit. That seems cracking value!

Tesla's week to forget

The chaps then discuss Tesla. They haven’t had their best week. Before clicking this link make sure your volume is off as the video automatically starts! Tesla are loosing their Vice President of Production and Vice President of Manufacturing, in the same week Elon Musk declared they will hit production numbers of 500,000 two years ahead of schedule, in 2018. Shares dropped 10% in the last week, check out this article for more information.

First drives in the Alfa Romeo Giulia Cloverleaf

The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio has been driven by many magazines, on Alfa’s own proving ground. The general consensus is positive, but Andrew fears we’ve been there before. Until it is driven, preferably in a lower spec version, on the rubbish British roads we won’t get a full idea. Both Alan and Andrew are really wishing it to be good, as we all want Alfa to be great again!

GM showing their autonomous car ambitions

GM are not hanging around following their recent investments in Lyft and Cruise Automation when it comes to being a ‘player’ in autonomous vehicles. They will be lending Lyft Chevrolet Bolts that can run fully autonomous. This will help them gather data and information for further development. 

McLaren P1 benchmarked

McLaren have benchmarked their P1 against the ‘average hatchback’. Click on the link to check out the interesting infographic showing how the P1, F1 and an average hatchback fare over a few specific items. Good fun. 

F1 in Central London

Dark Overlord of F1 Bernie Ecclestone has told ITV News that he can see central London holding a Grand Prix. Alan is a tad dismissive of this. As we all should be. 

Williams pit crew helping University Hospital of Wales

Talking of F1, University Hospital of Wales has drafted in the Williams pit crew to help them with looking for efficiencies when it comes to neonatal emergency care. This is a great story that fills the chaps with a warm feeling that the NHS are looking outside their industry for ways to improve the way they work.

Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake

Alan rounds out the show with the story of the Toyota GT86 Shooting Brake, that was commissioned in Australia, as a one off - boo, hiss! Both Andrew and Alan like this and want Toyota to make this and bring it to the UK. 

Thank you for the rating and review

Before the show finishes Alan and Andrew thank David @ Prodrive who is the latest to give the show a rating and review. Thank you David, your words are very kind and mean a lot to everyone involved!

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